As one of the most established, original sounding labels in the bass scene, we are very excited to dip into the latest Crucast compilation project as they unveil the fourth edition of ‘Shake The Bass”. The release features 20 scorching originals, showcasing a new wave of artists to the label, including KDYN – a 16 year old producer making some incredible music and who has already had releases out on labels like Deeprot, Crucast, 40Oz Cult and 3000 Bass and is also a resident on Tribe XR Radio.
With the album out now, we caught up with KDYN for a chat.
Hi KDYN, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been really good thank you! I have been working on a lot of new productions and projects over the lockdown period. It has allowed me to spend time listening to many different genres of music which has started to influence my sound a lot more!
You must get asked this a lot, but given you’re so young and already have a decent catalogue behind you, when did you first start making music?
I started making music nearly 2 years ago now. It originally started with me getting into dj’ing when I was 12, and messing around with UK Garage tracks which I did for a few months in my bedroom. Then I discovered Bassline and UK Bass music, which I really enjoyed listening to, and this led me to start exploring how to produce music rather than just listening to it. Around 5 months after I started Dj’ing I bought FL Studio and started making music! It was really difficult at first, so many different aspects to learn which I had no understanding of whatsoever. Practising every day it became easier and easier as I began to understand sound design and how to develop a track – and I haven’t stopped since!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Assault”?
– The Assault was a track I made back in February. I really wanted to try something a bit different to the usual bass music sound! When I made the track I sent it to a few producers I know and it got really promising feedback! That was when I sent it to Crucast!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I am really inspired by artists like Chris Lake, Martin Ikin and Low Steppa. Their tracks are so rhythmic which I love and I really wanted to make a bass heavy track with that influence and one that had a real groove to it!
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Not at the moment currently – but I would love to release a video for a track in the future!
How was the recording and writing process?
It was really fun, most of my tracks start out with the sound design, everything that I do I start from scratch. I had an idea for a cool melody, then I added some drums and a small vocal to layer before the drop!
Being part of the new Crucast comp, do you have any other favourite tracks or artists on the collection?
All of the tracks are amazing! I am really honoured to be on a compilation with all of these artists. If I had to choose a few, I really love the brand new Massappeal’s track as well as Wulflock’s Track and Jay Wall’s.
How did you hook up with the label on the release?
When I first started making music my biggest goal was to get a track onto Crucast. I see them as pioneers of the 4×4 Bass Music sound! I kept submitting tracks to them over my first year of producing and finally got onto their “Bass Cracker” Album in 2019 which was nearly 1 year after I first started production. This was a big accomplishment for myself personally. When I was producing “The Assault” I had a good feeling about the track and I hoped it would fit the Crucast style and sound.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Most definitely! I produce music every day and over the lockdown period I have been able to make so much music which has been great for me, and also connect with other artists. Early next year I hope to be dropping a big project that I have been curating over the last few months.
Covid notwithstanding, do you have any plans to hit the road?
Not yet currently. One of my next big goals is to play my first gig and actually be able to experience hearing one of my tracks at an event and see people enjoying my music. I have been lucky to receive video clips of my tracks being played out which is really great!
What else is happening next in KDYN’s world?
I’ve got a few other releases lined up for this year, and I am currently working on a couple of collaborations with other artists. I am looking forward to when things start going back to normal and I can get back into a real studio!